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“He’s the hero Gotham deserves…” A reading of Snyder and Capullo’s Batman: Zero Year

…instead of exploring the dark, mean streets of Gotham City in Zero Year, Snyder and Capullo’s opening move is to show us a devastated, overgrown Gotham, one where the subway tunnels are flooded and where a young kid spear fishes for brightly colored fish on the city streets. Richmond Lewis’s rusty, urban colors have given way to FCO Plascencia’s vivid, lively natural colors. A story of the Batman who prowled by night is replaced by a Batman who exists and fights in daylight. Snyder and Capullo threw off the specter of the past and tried to create a Batman for 2014 in Zero Year.

“It’s a big life.” Thoughts on Daredevil Volume 5 by Waid & Samnee

Mark Waid and Chris Samnee’s Daredevil Volume 5 is chicken soup for the superhero comic book fan. The fifth volume of Waid’s run (and Samnee’s second) is about friendship, something that almost surprisingly the book has never really been about. Like almost any run on this series since the early 1980s, Waid and Samnee have been pushing Matt Murdock and Foggy Nelson apart, staining their friendship and personal relationship to the point where Foggy dissolved their professional relationship by basically firing Murdock. This latest volume opens with Murdock at the bottom, with only a $20 in his pocket, shades of Miller and Mazzuchelli’s Born Again. But this book isn’t about how far Daredevil can fall; we’ve been there and done that over and over again. Starting this story that low, Waid and Samnee show us the riches of friendship, beginning with a short tale featuring the recent incarnation of Spider-Man before diving into a story where Matt Murdock has to be the strength that Foggy Nelson does not think he has within himself.

Shapes of (comic) Universes– a review of Butcher Baker, the Righteous Maker

Butcher Baker The Righteous Maker is the book the teenage me wanted to make back after reading The Dark Knight Returns, Watchmen and American Flagg! With a cover which looks like any generic report cover bought at a Walgreens adorned with its magic marker scribblings of a title and creators, to the anything-goes approach to storytelling and artwork, Joe Casey and Mike Huddleston write and draw a story that features everything there is to love about the deconstructionist superhero comics of the 1980s.

Apocalypse, Purgatory, Pariah! A visual reading of Miller and Mazzucchelli’s DAREDEVIL: BORN AGAIN

BORN AGAIN may actually be Frank Miller’s best writing because it’s one of his only stories where he doesn’t go for the sensational. Everything else around this time after, from THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS and ELEKTRA ASSASSIN to SIN CITY and THE DARK KNIGHT STRIKES AGAIN is going for big, loud and bombastic storytelling. That’s the mode that Miller has been in for over 20 years. With Mazzucchelli here and in BATMAN YEAR ONE, Miller is constructing a story around his character that is only as big as his character’s world. Whether it’s Daredevil’s New York City or Batman’s Gotham City, Miller builds these stories around the characters and not the legends or myths he perceives his characters to be.

Waid x Snyder

In this age of crisises, reboots and wholesale continuity whitewashes to attempt course correction on characters, Mark Waid has revitalized Daredevil, getting the character out from underneath Frank Miller’s shadow without invalidating a single issue of the last 30 years.…